About Gabriel Vicéns
Gabriel Vicéns has quickly become a respected figure in the jazz scene. He attended the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico and graduated Summa Cum Laude as their first jazz guitarist. In 2012, he completed his first solo album, Point In Time, featuring jazz legend Eddie Gómez, who describes Vicéns as "a creative musician that displays a new vision on the guitar," and was critically acclaimed in multiple international magazines.
Vicéns has recorded and performed with renowned musicians such as David Sánchez, Alex Sipiagin and Miguel Zenón, and played at important venues and festivals including Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest, Cornelia Street Cafe, Fat Cat, The Cell Theatre and Birdland. He is known as a top sideman guitarist in the jazz scene, often playing with groups like Jonathan Suazo Quintet, Fernando García Sextet and Henry Cole & Villa Locura.
From 2012 to 2015, Vicéns became a Professor in the Guitar Department at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. "Days," his second album, was released in 2015 under Inner Circle Music. Vicéns moved to New York City in 2016, earning his Master's in Jazz Performance from Queens College. Between traveling worldwide to Italy, Cuba and beyond to play in different projects, Vicéns is often found performing with his sextet in NYC, blending the folklore music from the Caribbean with jazz and other genres. Vicéns current focus is on various Afro-Caribbean folklore styles, with an intention of giving exposure to lesser known genres such as Changüí, Gwoka, Tambú, Bélé, Vodou and Tumba Francesa. Vicéns just released a new single with Outside In Music, anticipating the release of his third album. He is also an active painter in NYC, exhibiting his work across Manhattan.
"Guitarist-composer Gabriel Vicéns, a leading light of Puerto
Rico’s jazz scene, flaunts a modernist sensibility on his impressive debut as a leader"
Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine
"A rising jazz guitarist... Vicéns has provided a splendid recording that conveys a clear representation of his culture and individuality"
Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
"Puerto Rican guitarist Gabriel Vicéns shows signs of being one of the new aces of mainstream guitar"
Mark Keresman, Jazz Inside Magazine
"A thoughtful improviser with a quiet tone who makes every note count"
Scott Yanow, Downbeat Magazine
"Gabriel Vicéns is an exceptional artist, with a shimmering sense of sonority and the ability to find a keen balance between poetry and intensity"
Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network